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Whether it’s regulatory compliance, patent lawsuits, or copyright challenges, the online video industry sees its share of legal and government issues. We’ll keep you up to date here with the latest news.

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How to Build Live Linear OTT Channels in the Cloud

Rather than building a schedule and expensively re-encoding assets in real time for broadcast, this article explains how how to decouple the monolith of playout software into discrete components on top of AWS services. The approach discussed will open new possibilities of channel customization, personalization, and end-user quality, while also dramatically reducing running costs.

SMW '19: BuyDRM CEO Christopher Levy Talks Lifecycle DRM

Streaming Media contributing editor Tim Siglin interviews BuyDRM CEO & Founder Christopher Levy at Streaming Media West 2019.

Now Streaming: Video for the Government and Public Sectors

The online video revolution isn't just changing how we watch our favorite shows. Learn how video is informing and entertaining government and public sector employees.

Akamai Explains the Security Risks With Streaming Video Services

Data breaches aren't just a concern for financial platforms. Hackers also target OTT platforms. Here are three best practices for keeping subscriber data safe.

Huawei Chairman Has a Message for Trump: There Are No Back Doors

Despite the White House's accusations, Huawei tells an MWC audience it doesn't plant back doors—but that's not true for its U.S. competition.

Pixelon: The True Story of Streaming Video's Greatest Fraud

A series by National Geographic uncovers the absolutely true, incredibly bizarre story of Pixelon, the streaming video company that couldn't stream video.

A Video Codec Licensing Update

The fragmented, frustrating future of HEVC licensing dominated discussion at the Media Coding Industry Forum's recent meeting, which attempted to influence licensing for the upcoming Versatile Video Codec.

CES 2019: How Will Blockchain Reinvent Media?

Whether ensuring creators get paid, content stays locked down, or personal data is treated like intellectual property, blockchain offers solutions to some of digital media's biggest challenges, according to a CES panel.

SME 2018: Blockchain 101 for Media and Entertainment

Blockchain's distributed ledger offers new opportunities for combatting privacy, securing financial transactions, and finding new approaches to monetization and royalty payment. This presentation from Streaming Media East offered a high-level view of the possibilities for the video industry.

New Streaming Media Blog Coming in 2018

New blog will be the go-to destination for opinion, analysis, and insights into the entire online video ecosystem, from glass to glass.

Video: Apps Are the New Middleware, and OTT is the New Broadcast

Frost & Sullivan's Avni Rambhia and Streaming Media's Tim Siglin discuss DRM, apps, user experience, emerging codecs, licensing, HDR, and more in this in-depth interview from Streaming Media East 2017.

Life After Flash: Will Producers Move to HLS, DASH, or Both?

While it's clear that Flash's time is coming to an end, it's less clear what will replace it. A survey shows DASH support, but its real-world use is around one percent.

Is the Alliance for Open Media Taking a Risk in Codec Creation?

In this Q&A with two video IP and technology investment banking professionals, we ask about patent risk, VP 8/9, and the possibility of a third HEVC patent group forming.

HEVC Advance Announces Royalty Rates, Wants 0.5% of Gross Revenue

Licensing costs for Netflix and Facebook would total over $100 million per year, and terms are retroactive. Group calls terms "fair and reasonable."

HEVC Advance Misses First Milestone

The second HEVC patent pool promised to announce licensing terms and royalty rates last month, but its press conference was cancelled at the last minute, and no information has been made available.

2015 Streaming Media Readers' Choice Awards: Make Your Nominations Now

It's time for Streaming Media readers to submit your nominations for the best products and services in 32 categories from cameras to webcasting solutions—including a new category for OTT platform for MSO and MVPD

Periscope and Live Streaming Apps: Opportunity or Threat?

After the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, many content owners saw mobile live streaming apps as a threat to their business, but the smarter move is to embrace them.

The Fate of Broadcast TV in 2015: Last Gasp or Second Wind?

While video streaming has increased, so has the number of over-the-air broadcast channels. Can broadcasters stop the planned broadcast spectrum auction?

Video Creators Look for Piracy Solutions to Protect Breakout Hits

Online video services are defined by their original series, which win awards and attract viewers, but how do they keep those hits off illegal sharing sites?

NAB 2015: Should the FCC Regulate OTT Video Providers Like MVPDs?

In a spirited NAB panel discussion, an FCC commissioner and four industry experts debated the pros and cons of regulating online video services.